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2022.07.06News

Graduate School: Seeking Applications for non-degree-seeking Students and Auditors for 2022 Admissions

Seeking Applications for Non-degree-seeking Students and Auditors, Graduate School for 2022 Admission

The Graduate School of Global Communication and Language at Akita International University (AIU) is now seeking applications from non-degree-seeking students and auditors for 2022 admissions. These students will take courses at AIU along with degree-seeking students.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students:
These students are not degree-seeking students, but take a few courses and receive credits for them.

Auditors:
These students are not degree-seeking students, but take a few courses for which they do not receive credits.

 1. Courses, Class Schedule, and Academic Calendar

For courses open to non-degree-seeking students and auditors, please see the Course Offerings

※  No course in Japanese Language Teaching Practices (JLT) is available for non-degree-seeking students and auditors.
※  If the number of students registered for a course is below the minimum class size, the course will be cancelled.
※  The Class Schedule is subject to change. Please check the latest version.
※  For more information on each course, please see the Syllabus.
※  Courses which accept non-degree-seeking students and auditors have requirements for application. Please check with the Admissions Office for the requirements of each course.
※  For information on important dates, please see the Academic Calendar.

2. Number of Seats Available

A few students per course.

3. Application Requirements

Non-Degree-Seeking Students
Applicants must meet one of the requirements 1) to 9) and both 10) and 11).

1)    Have graduated from an undergraduate university/college.
2)    Have attained a bachelor’s degree from an independent university organization.
3)    Have completed 16 years of education in a foreign country.
4)    Have completed 16 years of education in Japan through correspondence education based in a foreign country.
5)    Have graduated from a foreign-based university within Japan (after completing 16 years of education in that foreign country), which is specifically designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology.
6)    Have completed a vocational education program (of 4 years in length or specially designated by the Minister of Education), which is specifically recognized by the Minister of Education, after the date on which the program was recognized.
7)    Be officially designated by the Minister of Education (in accordance with Announcement Article 5 of the year 1953)

a) Have graduated from an educational institution designated under the former University edict, or under a Ministry Act of Incorporation.
b) Hold a special teaching license for Elementary, Junior High, or High School or Pre-school or Kindergarten, in accordance with Bill, Article 117 of the year 1949.

8)    Have matriculated to a graduate school, as defined by the Education Law (Bill 26 of the year 1947) Article 102, paragraph 2, and be determined to possess the necessary academic skills to take courses at AIU’s graduate school.
9)    Submit personal documents for review to AIU so as to be determined to possess academic ability equal to a university graduate.
10) Have sufficient English ability to complete courses.

[English Language Teaching Practices]
 TOEFL iBT® 88, TOEFL®PBT 570, TOEIC 820, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge English Qualifications C2 Proficiency, or STEP EIKEN 1st level
[Global Communication Practices]
 TOEFL iBT® 79, TOEFL®PBT 550, TOEIC 800, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge English Qualifications C1 Advanced, or STEP EIKEN 1st level

11)  Be able to attend all classes for the courses.

Auditors
Must be 22 years old or older by April 1, 2022, and possess both of the following:

1) Have sufficient English ability to complete courses.
[English Language Teaching Practices]
 TOEFL iBT® 88, TOEFL®PBT 570, TOEIC® L&R 820, IELTSTM 6.5, Cambridge English Qualifications C2 Proficiency, or STEP EIKEN 1st level
[Global Communication Practices]
 TOEFL iBT® 79, TOEFL®PBT 550, TOEIC® L&R 800, IELTSTM 6.5, Cambridge English Qualifications C1 Advanced, or STEP EIKEN 1st level
2) Be able to attend all classes for the courses.

4. Documents to be Submitted

1) Verification of Qualifications
a) Diploma of last school/educational program completed *Photocopy accepted
b) A photocopy of one of the following: health insurance card, driver’s license, or passport
2) The scores/certificates for English language proficiency test(s) must be dated within three years from the last day of each application period *Photocopy accepted
3) Completed Application Form (PDF)

Mailing Address
Akita International University
Admissions Office
Yuwa, Akita-city 010-1292 Japan

5. Screening Procedures

Applicants are assessed on their motivation to learn and their English ability. The assessment will be based on the following:

1) Review of the Application Materials
2) Online Interview(Zoom) by a Head of Department                                                                       *Interviews will be conducted online, but class participation will be in person.

 6. Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: None
Matriculation Fee: JPY 28,200
Tuition:  JPY 14,800 per credit for Non-Degree-Seeking Students                                                                   JPY  7,400  per credit for Auditors

 7. Application Period

Application documents must be received at AIU during the following periods:

Fall Semester    : Monday, August 8, 2022 – Friday, August 19, 2022
Winter program: Monday, December 5, 2022 – Friday, December 16, 2022

8. Interview Schedule

Applicants will be informed of the specific date and time at a later date.

9. Notes

Classes at AIU have a low student-to-teacher ratio and in most courses students are expected to contribute significantly to the class. Most courses have an assignment for every class, requiring an extensive out-of-class time commitment. The conditions of study for non-degree-seeking students and auditors are the same as degree-seeking students and only those who are willing to study in this style should apply. If it is judged that a student’s absences or failure to complete out-of-class work makes it difficult for him/her to complete the class, or that it is negatively affecting other students, the student may be removed from the class.

10.    Contact information

Akita International University
Admissions Office
Tel: 018-886-5931 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
E-mail: grad@gl.aiu.ac.jp